If you go down to the beach today, you're sure of a big surprise ... for ev'ry tank that ever there was will gather there for certain because, today's the day the military ruins your pic-nic.
Yet remarkably, these folks relaxing beside the Baltic Sea in the Kaliningrad region, barely even blinked when a convoy of Russian tanks decided to storm their beach.
, who uploaded the video to YouTube
on August 2, suggests that the Russian military might be using the beach as a route for armored vehicles to prevent them from tearing up the asphalt on the road.
But Kniazz, a commentator beneath the video says the beach is not a normal beach, but "part of military firing grounds" possibly in Hmelevka." He also suggests people sunbathing in an active military zone in Russia, is "a typical thing" for the country, "And yeah," he adds, "these are 2S1 "Gvozdika" self-propelled artillery, not tanks."
agreed. Kaliningrad they said, automatically became part of the European Union when Poland and Lithuania joined the community. And rumors are that "Russian President Putin is merely trying to send a message to the EU, letting them know that Kaliningrad belongs to Russia." But Russian authorities called the rumors unfounded, saying the tanks were simply performing training.
Whatever the reason the tanks or self-propelled artillery (that look like tanks) were racing across the sand, the video attracted its fair share of comments on its YouTube page. They seemed to range from amused to bemused.
"Baywatch: Russian Edition" said niko12345678.
And MaxwellDaring suggested that the video "only gets better when you listen to 'Hell March' from Red Alert" while watching it. Meanwhile, AJ06 told everyone to "Worry not! They were just going to the shops for a vodka run."
Now that's settled, better pack the picnic lunch in a military mess tin; damn sand gets everywhere.